2021 Photo Contest Launch

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) is pleased to invite you to take part in the 2021 Annual PAFSO Photo Contest.

Contest theme

This year’s contest theme is The Next Normal. From your particular vantage point, where you are in the world, what do you see emerging as our post-pandemic life? Our judges are interested in seeing through your eyes – and your lenses – how the daily experience where you work and live is changing as the world begins its slow recovery from over a year of crisis.


The contest is open to all PAFSO members. Spouses and dependents are welcome to contribute, but all entries need to be submitted under a member’s name.


Entry limits

There is a limit of three photos per member.

Original images only

Submissions must be original images which have not been published previously.

Digital alterations

While minor digital enhancement is permitted, images which have undergone significant modifications will not be accepted.

Consent of subjects

Please make sure that you have the consent of any people depicted in the images you are submitting.

File size

Images should be submitted in JPEG (at high quality) or TIFF format. For optimal publication, we require files to be a minimum of 5 megapixels or 300 dpi in resolution and no larger than 15 Mb per image.

File names

The filename of your submissions should include your full name, the title of the photo and the location. (e.g. Firstname_Lastname_TitleOfMyPhotograph_City_Country.jpg)

How to enter

You can enter the contest by using this online submission form.

Submission deadline

All entries must be received by Friday, August 13, 2021.


Judges will select the wining photographs based on their creativity, composition, visual impact, and respect of the contest theme.

Winning entries

Winning entries will be featured in the 2022 PAFSO calendar, PAFSO social media, bout de papier magazine and the PAFSO website. The top three winners will be awarded gift certificates.

Terms and conditions

PAFSO reserves full usage rights indefinitely of all entries for use in PAFSO promotional material, bout de papier, and indefinite display on the PAFSO website. By entering the photo contest, you grant PAFSO the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display your photograph, and to create derivative works from your photograph, in perpetuity, in any of its online, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of promoting PAFSO, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law. Photos will be credited to the photographer. Subject to the rights granted to PAFSO, you retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs you enter into the contest.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

PAFSO Executive Committee

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